Uttarakhand is a place of hidden gems when it comes to tourism and travel. The state has several offbeat locations that never fail to leave you mesmerized with its enchanting beauty, especially in monsoon. Many common spots in Uttarakhand like Mussorie, Nainital always pop up in one’s mind while coming here. However, if in this peak season you want to go to more secluded places away from a little crowd then the list down below is best for you.
Come to Chopta then Mussorie
Mussorie the queen of hills has always attracted tourists from all over the world, especially during the monsoon. The picturesque landscape is the best to enjoy the monsoon. However, if you are looking for an alternative then Chopta is a place for you. It is a picturesque hamlet which is still unexplored by tourists. The place gives you everything from a green landscape to a noise-free environment. It also serves as a base for trekking to Chandrshilla and Tugnath. Chopta also serves as the best place for activities such as photography, bird watching, camping, yoga and meditation and others.
How to reach- Chopta is well connected with any public transport from any city of Uttrakhand. One can also hire taxi from Ukimath and avail bus service.
Nearby places to visit- One can also visit nearby places like Deoria Tal, Rudraprayag, DugalBita, Kalimath, Sari Village.
Come to Tehri then Rishikesh
Rishikesh has been a buzz creator among tourists for a very long time. The place has everything to offer from peace to thrill. However, if you are looking for an isolated place for adventure then Tehri should be on your list. Tehri is one place that is being developed as an adventure spot for tourists. From witnessing the manmade beauty that is the country’s longest single-lane bridge namely the Dobra-Chanti Bridge to experiencing the adrenalin rush while doing adventure sports, this place has covered it all for you.
How to reach- Tehri is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. One can easily reach Tehri via Taxi or own vehicle.
Nearby places to visit- One can also visit Kanatal, Ranichori, Surkunda Devi Mandir and Khirsu.
Come to the hidden gem of Kumao- Almora then Nainital
Nainital has remained at top of many tourists lists because of the scenic beauty the place offers. However, the best alternative to this place is Almora. Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens, on a tour of Asia, came and fell in love with the landscape of Almora. This place is a picturesque town set against the background of the snow-capped Himalayas. Almora is also famous for its rich culture, unique handicraft and delicious cuisine. One can enjoy a walk down beautiful lanes, visit famous temples and go gaga over shopping.
How to reach- Kathgodam is the nearest railway station situated at a distance of 91 km. State-owned bus services are well connected to Almora to most major neighbouring cities.
Nearby places to visit- One can visit Gairad Golu Devta, Nanda Devi Mandir, Binsar, Ranikhet, and Kasar Devi Mandir.
Adding more to this Tourism Minister Shri Satpal Maharaj said, “Uttarakhand is blessed with many beautiful locations that have always attracted tourists. However, we invite tourists to visit some of our lesser-known destinations to explore our state better. Our government has remained vigilant to endorse the homestay scheme. We have nearly 3500 homestays registered with us until now.”
Secretary Tourism Mr Dilip Jawalkar said, “Our efforts are continuing to develop our offbeat destinations. We are working to promote workcation in these offbeat locations. Along with this, we are developing 13 districts 13 destinations to create new places for the tourists and generate employment for the rural parts of Uttarakhand. Similarly, we are proactively working for Trekking Traction Centre Scheme to develop adventure tourism in Uttarakhand and cater the needs of the trekkers. The convention centre will increase the residential facility in the selected track routes which will also benefit the local people.”